Chi Mei Museum

Chi Mei Museum (Qíměi Bówùguǎn 奇美博物館) “See the world while living in Taiwan” is the motto of the Chi Mei Museum, located in Tainan’s Rende district. Though the museum’s impressive art collection may focus on seeing the western world, the museum’s scope extends well beyond fine arts to include a truly international selection of antiquities, … Continue reading

Hot! Pizza

Hot! Pizza People who love pizza generally fall into two camps: those who like their pizza thick and bread-like, and those who prefer a thin crust with chewy edges. In Taiwan, the former are well-served. But those of us who like thin crust pizza now have an oasis at Hot!, a new shop on a … Continue reading

Tainan Railway Line

Tainan Railway Line The main north to south railway line cuts straight through Tainan City, dividing the east district and its suburbs from downtown and the west. As a result, the eastern and western parts of the city are linked by many rail crossings, underpasses, and overpasses for both cars and pedestrians. For close to … Continue reading

Barclay Park

Barclay Memorial Park

Barclay Memorial Park (Bākèlǐ Jìniàn Gōngyuán 巴克禮紀念公園) Tainan’s wetlands don’t begin and end in Sihcao. You can find wetland ecology in many pockets around the city such as the creek that runs along the Tainan Athletic Park and Zhuxi Temple. In Barclay Memorial Park, however, the wetland ecology is finely integrated into garden aesthetics to … Continue reading

Sanshan Guowang Temple

Sanshan Guowang Temple (Sānshān Guówáng Miào 三山國王廟) The Sanshan Guowang are the Kings of the Three Mountains. The Three Mountains refer to Mt. Du, Mt. Jin, and Mt. Ming in the Chao district of Guangdong (Eastern Canton) Province in mainland China. The three mountain deities are considered the protectors of the Chao district (Chaozhou) and … Continue reading

National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University (Guólì Chénggōng Dàxué 國立成功大學) Many foreigners arrive in Tainan as either a student, guest lecturer, or visiting faculty at  National Cheng Kung University; however, the school also holds interest for those outside of the academic world. Like many universities, the campuses of NCKU are full of culture, history, and nice places … Continue reading

Guohua Street

Guohua Street (Guóhuā Jiē 國華街) Guohua Street is one of the best little streets in the city to explore. It is the little brother to broad Ximen Road, running parallel to it from Jiankang Road to a little past Chenggong Road.  From traditional Yongle Market, though the revitalized Youai-Guohua shopping area and on through residential … Continue reading

Housing – Renting an Apartment or House

Housing – Renting an Apartment or House If you’re coming to live in Tainan, you will probably need to find a place to live. Some companies provide accommodation for their employees and some schools provide dorms for their students, but most people seem to be on their own in their search. The good news is … Continue reading

Yongle Shao Rou Fan

Yongle Shao Rou Fan (Yǒnglè Shāo Ròu Fàn 永樂燒肉飯) If you judge a shop’s food by how busy it is, then the food at jam-packed Yongle Shao Rou Fan should be divine. And quite frankly, it is. This is a shop that’s been around for over 60 years and so they know their business. Specializing … Continue reading

Julius Mannich Merchant House

Julius Mannich Merchant House (Dōngxīng Yángháng 東興洋行) Foreigners were barred from trading in Taiwan for most of the Qing dynasty, but the 1858 Treaty of Tianjin forced open four harbors in Taiwan to foreign traders. Anping was one of them. The five big foreign trading companies of the time were Bains & Co., Boyd & … Continue reading